Today’s walk was another of two halves – or more accurately two thirds and a third. The first part was glorious, just how I like it, walking through meadows, not alongside or between them. Lots of flowers and trees (and cows) – really lovely.
The second part was road – not so lovely but not as bad as most, very quiet being Mayday holiday. Walking along the road, first into the village of Riolobos and then a 9 km slog into the walled town of Galisteo, I was fairly sure that others had taken a different route. There is a diversion through Riolobos because the owner of the land that had always been used for this section of the Via de la Plata decided a few years ago that he no longer wanted pilgrims roaming over his property. The government intervened but he would not change his mind and hence the diversion. However, people who were behind me at the meadow section were sitting comfortably at the bar when I arrived in town. I’m glad to say that Paul, my room mate, also took the same route that I did – we are the only English and followed the very clear directions, so increasing our journey by around 5 km, whereas the others I guess took the old route regardless! I shall have to find out and report back.
Update – just spoke to the Germam pilgrim – they all took the same route I did. The Dutch couple who were behind me, and at the bar when I arrived, took a taxi – now all is clear!
So just a short post – the photos say it all – the camera was very busy today!
I’ve decided to give up on reporting expenditure – I think you will have an idea by now how it can be done. I will continue with the cost of accommodation only. Today I am staying in hostal ‘Los Emigrantes’, sharing a room with another pilgrim, with bathroom shared by many more 10€. It is fine for the price (the Albergue was full).